Israel: Innovation Nation – Energy in Africa

Image result for tikkun olam meaningTikkun Olam: Acts of kindness performed to perfect or repair the world; making the world a better place.

It’s a traditional Jewish concept taken very literally by many Israelis!  Israel is known as the “innovation nation,” and they didn’t come by it accidentally.  Since before the re-birth of Israel, the Jews have had to figure out how to make things work for the good of many…or risk the disappearance of and entire people group!  They had to work hard simply to exist.

Today, Israel is full of ideas that impact the world.  A couple days ago, one such Israeli innovator was featured during ICEJ’s Feast of Tabernacles celebration.  Her name is Sivan Yaari and she is founder and CEO of Innovation Africa.  They bring technology to Africa that helps villages overcome the terrible effects of drought, famine and extreme living conditions.

It is an incredible gift to the African people and well worth discovering.  Take a look:

 

PS: We’ll look at other Israeli innovations tomorrow during a teaching called “We Stand with Israel.”  Come join us at Calvary Community Church NW campus (Prayer Room) at 9:00 or Central campus (Room 403) at 11:00.  Info and directions.

Trump and Netanyahu United in Speeches to UN General Assembly

Praise God the US has once again taken a firm stand with Israel.  It has not always been that way, and the Bible tells us it will not always be that way in the future.  (Joel 3:1-3 and Zechariah 12:3, for examples)  But today, the US and Israel stand perhaps stronger than ever before.

It is clear that President Trump and PM Netanyahu are coordinating plans and speeches, determined to present a unified front in battles against terrorism and rogue regimes out to destroy both nations.  If you missed the speeches at the UN, carve out some time to watch and listen.  Here are some take aways:

  • Both took a hard line on Iran, committing to take necessary steps to prevent Iran’s nuclear ambitions (including the destruction of Israel) from coming to fruition.
  • President Trump also spoke authoritatively about North Korea’s threat to the free world.
  • Netanyahu touted Israel as the “Innovation Nation” now reaching out to countries around the world.
  • Perhaps most impressive, President Trump spoke very boldly about nationalism (vs globalism), and encouraged all nations to become strong.  (Globalism will ultimately morph into One World Order…a sign of the end times.)
  • My favorite line of Trump’s speech: “If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph.”  Amen!

Here are their speeches.  Enjoy!

PS: I’m reviewing other speeches from the UN General Assembly as well.  Stay tuned for further news.

Helping the World Grow More with Less

Do you have a drip system in your yard?  I live in the desert, and I know of very few people and places around Phoenix AZ that do not have a drip system.  Most of what grows here is watered by the drip…drip…drip of a system that provides only small drops of water over a period of time to help plants exposed to extreme sunlight and temperatures survive.

Well, the terrain and climate I’m used to is similar to parts of Israel, where the drip irrigation system was invented.  You see, after being exiled to the four corners of the earth following Roman conquest in 70 AD, Jews began returning to their land in significant numbers in the 1800’s.  What did they find when they returned?  Barrenness, sand dunes and hardened desert.  No one wanted this strip of useless, good-for-nothing land, yet it was the land God had given to Abraham and his descendents.

The Jewish people worked hard to make something of their homeland, and in the mid-1960’s a man noticed that a particular tree was growing much better than those around it.  When he examined the tree closer, he noticed that a broken pipe was emitting single drops of water that were providing the moisture needed to make this particular tree thrive while those around it did not.  Using his Jewish intuition, the man soon founded Netafim, and introduced drip irrigation to the world!

Since then, Netafim has been the industry standard in drip irrigation, and has taken their product around the globe, helping the world grow more with less.  Here are a few interesting facts:

 

Netafim is also a key player in making Israeli deserts bloom!  (Fast forward to the 7:00 mark in that video.)

So, next time you notice your drip system, thank God for Israeli innovation!  Oh…and BTW, just a few days ago Netafim was sold for $1.5 billion, but will remain in Israel for the next 20 years, providing jobs for Israelis!  Now that’s a bargain!

To Whom do Palestinian Leaders Turn if They have Health Issues? Israel…of Course!

Hi friends!  If you know anything about Israeli technology, you know they have produced some of the world’s most astounding medical breakthroughs!  Just this morning I shared about a new focused ultrasound platform that uses MRI guidance.  Israelis have also produced other advanced medical equipment such as AlphaOmega (which also helps treat Parkinson’s), SoftWheel (restoring mobility to those in need), and MobileODT.

So, it only stands to reason that, if you are a Palestinian in need of a lung transplant, you turn to……Israel?

Yes, you read that correctly!  In fact, this is not “just any ‘ol Palestinian” in need of a lung transplant.  This is none other than Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian Authority’s lead negotiator and secretary-general of the PLO!  Indeed, Erekat is reportedly suffering from pulmonary fibrosis and is on the lung transplant list of both Israel and the US.

It seems that, after a career given to tough negotiations against the Jewish state, he now turns to them for a potentially life-saving transplant!  (Read more here.)

It never ceases to amaze me that year-after-year Israel is chastised by enemies all around (and by the UN), yet the world…even her enemies…come running to Israel when a medical miracle is needed.  Even more amazing is the fact that Israeli hospitals treat every single patient the same, whether friend or foe.

What incredible respect for life.  Israelis are not perfect.  (Far from it!)  But we could all learn a thing or two from them about the value of life.  How many of us would warmly welcome and treat one of our most bitter enemies in need of life?  In fact, how many of us who carry within us the LIFE OF CHRIST warmly share it with our friends…much less our enemies.

Something to think about…